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RATINGS: 2312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
A delicious, dark-colored, medium-bodied ale made with roasted malted barley. It has a creamy head and a very rich, yet smooth, malty flavor.
Bittering Hops: Nugget
Beginning Gravity: 14.5 Plato
Finishing Hops: Willamette
Ending Gravity: 3.5 Plato
Malts: Two-row Barley Malt, Caramel Malt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Dextrin Malt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Bottle. As always, a nice nose of hops, hops, and more sweet West Coast hops from Sierra Nevada. Nice dark ruby black color with small creamy head. Great bite with porter strength. Coffee, Cocoa and pure hop flavor. Great stuff as always from these guys. I just donít know why they put the twist off caps on these great beers... it must be that laid back California attitude. Nice dry stout-like bite. Another success!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Not much aroma at all. Some barley scent. Typical beautifuly dark porter. Initial head was nice, but quickly diminished into smaller version. Some lacing. Bitter chocolate, hints of coffee, roasted flavor, nuts. Tasted kind of weak and light in my mouth, possibly due to the Bells Third Coast Ale I drank prior to this. Probably need to give it another chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Bottle. Very dark with an impressive tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a noticeable hoppiness. Crisp, roasty, dry (too) hoppy flavors. Malt and mouthfeel was a tad weak, but the flavor was pretty good. Fairly quick, dry finish. Not the best out there, but not a bad choice by a longshot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3778) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Bottle. Very dark brown (almost black) with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and well roasted malts. Nice on the palate. Hops come through and add a tinge of bitterness that makes this a first rate Porter. This brewer makes good stuff, and this is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2004
bottle. deep dark brown with a small white head. aroma is roasty with some hops. smooth creamy texture is just heavenly. hoppy and chocolately. very dry. superb balance. A very well constructed porter that Iíll probably pick up more of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pouring black with a huge creamy tan head, this smells of hard roasted barley, burnt chocolate, and a bit of nuttiness. Itís got a dry roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Itís got a nice, snappy bitter finish. This is a good drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Pours dark, not at all transparent, with a meduim darker than offwhite head. Smells of raosted oats, chocolate and earth. Crisp when it first hits the tongue, then the malt and roasted flavor kicks in. The aftertaste is slightly more acidic than other porters Iíve tried. Very tasty overall and def. worth trying if you like porters, sierra nevada brews, or just a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bar we were at told us this was seasonal- not. Anyways, foamy head, mocha aroma. Dark (duh) in appearance. Goes down really smooth and easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6146) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
Bottled. Black, beige head. Warm maltiness with a lot of nuts. Soft and smooth. Very malty with late bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
A fusion of coffee, chocolate, and smoke make this one a brew to savor. Another nice offering from a brewer that, for my money, is one of the best.

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